My friends are tired of the way their powder room looks and feels these days. They want to freshen it up, change the fixtures, replace a misbehaving pocket door. I think they should also redesign flooring and lighting. No big deal, right? But to them, even thinking about it feels like a huge undertaking. In this post I’ll show how to do it in 5 easy steps.
Redesign of a powder room in 5 easy steps
Step One: Assess the scope. Make a list of improvements.
- Pocket door overhaul / perhaps a bi-fold instead?
- New toilet / the smaller — the better
- Replace existing sink & faucet / redesign vanity
- Re-Paint powder room / choose a new color
- Get rid of the laminate flooring / substitute with tile — decide on the extent: possibly continue in the laundry room & kitchen / redesign transition
- Update lighting
Step Two: Determine what you like. Take a look at precedents for inspiration.
- Make a collage of details you would like to have in your “ideal” powder room (cover image).
- Pay attention to fixtures, finishes (wood, tile, glass, paint), and furnishings (mirrors, lighting).
- Notice what paint colors you like / do research.
Step Three: Measure.
- Take note of existing powder room plumbing — how far is the sewer line from the wall; 12” rough-in is standard.
- Check the door dimensions.
- What is the maximum size for the new lavatory / vanity and mirror?
- Examine locations of existing light fixture(s) and outlets/light switches
Step Four: Source fixtures, etc. based on the pretty images you’ve compiled and collaged.
- Duravitt (online):
- Luv Washbowl: 31 ½” W x 15 ¾” D
- Home Depot (I made an appointment with a design consultant Michael Bowers; he helped me navigate):
- Benjamin Moore Paint store:
- Thankfully, they are able to get the formula for the Ralph Lauren’s Andover Blue! I bought a pint as a sample.
- Porcelanosa showroom:
- Floor tile: first thought is to match the tile in the powder room with the existing wood laminate flooring — I have my reservations — best is to order samples and look at them in the space.
- IKEA (online):
- STOCKHOLM mirror: 3 7/8 ” D; 31 ½” Diameter. I love this mirror.
- NYMÅNE Ceiling spotlight with 3 lights, white: 10” Diameter base + LEDARE LED bulb GU10 400 lumen, dimmable.
Step Five: Put together a design.
- Vanity redesign: this is the time to remember all of the little things that did not work well.
- Need a place to keep hand towels.
- Consider access for repairs.
- Provide a shelf over a toilet to store toilet paper.
Add flair and personality with custom touches.
Out of all 5 steps, the last one provides an opportunity to infuse the space with personality and transform a generic bathroom into a beautiful powder room. Of course, any redesign starts with functionality, but it is also a chance to create something unique. Easy, right? If you have any questions, you can always reach me here.